Oh, Holy Mystery,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to the world, hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children.
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong, not to be superior to my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with straight eyes,
so when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit will come to you
May I walk in beauty and always in a sacred manner
Chief Yellow Lark of the Lakota, 1887
“So…my Spirit will come to you without shame.”
If we made the journey today, would we arrive at our meeting with the Holy Mystery without shame? Or are we still carrying it with us?
When someone compliment you on an achievement, a trait or characteristics they admire in you, or tells you how glad they are that you are in their life, where do your eyes go?
If you’re like me, your ego wants to pull them down, so you can hear the contrary script running under the surface of your thoughts, a script written by the experiences, beliefs, mistakes, and self-judgment that reside in our shadow that are the cause of our shame. Too painful to look at, too powerful to ignore.
Shame we need to drop to meet our Creator with straight eyes.
Because when we meet our Holy Mystery, we are going to hear the truth about ourselves. We are going to be told that we are blessed beyond every measure, that we are loved beyond any need to atone.
Every life experience serves as a lesson for the growth of our souls and an opportunity to choose love – the voice of our Higher Selves - or retreat to the fear of the ego. We always have the choice to remember who we truly are – to embrace the messages from those who appreciate us, and from our Creator.
Your Higher Self is there to empower you and encourage you to move forward. Your ego’s job is to stop you from leaving your comfort zone. And it is merciless in the memories it will dredge up – the things you most regret doing or saying and the chances you most regret not taking.
Chief Yellow Lark’s prayer affected me deeply the first time I heard it. I felt the words “May I walk in beauty” explode in my heart, creating a longing for connection and a feeling of expansive love for creation. It made me listen to the wind as the voice of the Creator, to see each leaf and rock and creature as a messenger of Spirit, and it taught me that my only foe is my fear of embracing my shadow.
It also made me think about who the real teachers are. Spirit is the teacher, all of creation and all of life is the classroom, and we have three instructors always available to us –
Our higher selves who know our purpose in this life and can guide us to the best path to take;
Our hearts, which are our Spiritual GPS – as Abraham continually remind us, if something feels wrong it is. If something feels right, consider it and consult the third teacher
Our frontal lobe, our cognitive ability – our discernment. If something sounds too good to be true, or we feel the energetic exchange is unequal, it probably is.
And as A Course in Miracles tells us, a Miracle (a change in perception, aka learning) is performed by one who temporarily has more for one who temporarily has less. Our fourth teacher is each other.
Many have written that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. All of these teachers – Spirit, our Higher Selves, our Hearts, our minds, and each other – stand ready. We just have to straighten our eyes so we can perceive and receive the love and support that is already surrounding us.
Embrace the shadow, and look over its shoulder at the beauty that surrounds you.